Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS

4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 stars from 238 reviews
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Best PS in the Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

35, 5'1 115lbs 410 / 445 SRM Natrelle Inspira

I did more than six months of research, appointments, interviews and reading before making my final decision to go with Dr. Tholen. He was my first appointment because I suspected he would likely be the surgeon I would select after following his profile for several months on Real Self. I did interview three other reputable and popular surgeons in the Twin Cities, but I knew that Dr. Tholen was the right choice based on his years of experience, bedside manner and professionalism. I should preface this review by saying that my husband was adamantly opposed to augmentation and loved me just the way I was. He joined me during the appointment with Dr. Tholen, and I could tell that Dr. Tholen's sense of humor, candor and surgical expertise softened my husband's attitude and set a benchmark for appointments going forward. Dr. Tholen explained to both of us how nursing had changed my tissues and said that I was bordering on needing a lift, but he believe he could give me a could result without one if a sizable implant was chosen. He did warn me about the possibility of how a "borderline" case like my own might go, but said that if I were his family member, he wouldn't do it initially. I appreciated that he didn't scare me into an extra surgery at an additional cost, but at the same time was candid about the reality. Most importantly, Dr. Tholen was reassuring about my feelings and the emotional desire for the surgery and that he would work with me to achieve my goals. The staff was friendly and professional and took their time to walk me through all the appropriate information, but also were respectful of my time and were on time in the fitting appointments prior to the surgery date. On the day of the surgery everything was running on time, possibly ahead of schedule. I met with the nurse, anesthetist and was photographed. All were kind and did a great job of explaining the process to me and my husband. I once again met with Dr. Tholen and he was every bit as friendly, funny and informative as the first time we spoke, and we both easily agreed on the size, and then the next thing I knew I was waking up from surgery. The size appears to be everything I hoped for, and they are taking shape very nicely. At my follow-up appointment I arrived early, and they squeezed me in right away. I had some stomach issues from the meds in the days following, and my calls were immediately taken and addressed by the staff, and I could hear Dr. Tholen's voice providing instruction -- I feel like they have been the most accessible medical team I've ever had, and it is so reassuring, and it was helpful for my family who cared for me the days following. If you're trying to decide on a plastic surgeon in the Twin Cities, here are some things to consider: Expertise: You will find only a couple of surgeons who have as much experience as Dr. Tholen in the Twin Cities. Daily/weekly practice of surgical techniques counts for a lot, and this isn't like getting your hair colored, you don't want to roll the dice with someone who doesn't have a lot of patients. Information Sharing: Read Dr. Tholen's 3,000+ answers to people on Real Self, it will give you a good sense of how much he loves plastic surgery and wants to help educate patients. His answers are scientific with real-world context and can be understood in layman's terms. Professionalism: He respects the feelings and wishes of his patients and listens to their needs. Some doctors are happy to tell you what would look good on you. Dr. Tholen asked what my goals were and helped me understand if they were realistic. I also think it should be noted that Dr. Tholen works with transgender patients. While I might not be transgendered, I want a surgeon who treats every community with dignity and I think this is a good sign of being open-minded. Thank you Dr. Tholen!

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

35 Year Old, 2 Kids-mommy Makeover. Minneapolis, MN

Dr Tholen is the best! His work is amazing! I feel like my breasts are perfect, I could not have imagine they would look so great! Very happy with my tummy and lipo too, I cannot believe how flat and smooth my midsection is. I healed quickly and that is due to the great care I received from Dr Tholen and his staff! I highly recommend Dr. Tholen at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

26 Year Old, No Kids, Highly Active - Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Tholen is beyond exceptional! Not only was he respectful and highly informative, he made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. I would recommend Dr. Tholen and his wonderful employees to anyone looking for a similar procedure.

5 out of 5 stars Adam's Apple Reduction

45 Year Old MTF Tracheal Shave Yay! Minneapolis, MN

Dr Tholen is simply the best doctor that I could have gone to for this type of surgery. His knowledge and familiarity with the needs of a trans woman is such a wonderful thing for the trans community. His attention to detail in every aspect from consultation to actual surgery is quite amazing to experience. He really cares about his patient and will go the extra mile to get you the best result possible. In my particular procedure he said that he had to go an extra hour to get everything just right. He encountered tougher bone and had to chip away a piece at a time instead of just shaving off cartilage from the tracheal area. He eventually got it just right and even did a bit of liposuction on my neck to feminize it even more. I was astonished and amazed at how incredible my neck does look. I could not be happier or more content! If you need any plastic surgery or anything else, look no further but to Dr. T! He is the best out there!

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

Love the Stunning Results! - Minneapolis, MN

A thorough research process of the procedure led me to conclude that I was looking for a practice that included: 1. a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in lower body lifts. 2. an office staff that exemplified a team approach to delivering excellent care in all aspects of the process. 3. the opportunity to have my surgery in a free standing outpatient operating facility. (lower risk of infections; surgeon and support staff are well orchestrated, efficient team in familiar setting). By choosing Dr T, all of the above qualities were quickly evident and my expectations exceeded. In addition, I found that I was treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Each and every one of my questions was answered completely, patiently and enthusiastically, both by Dr Tholen and his knowledgeable staff. There was a prevalent attitude that this group of professionals was proud of their quality care, and loved their jobs. Happy workers make happy patients! I felt totally prepared for what the operation and recovery would be like. Dr T delivers care that is based on sound evidence leading to predictable consistent results - you will not find any gimmicky gadgets or procedures that are experimental or merely for marketing purposes. I have quite a bit of experience with behind the scenes doctors offices, and this one is the real deal. The other practices with whom I consulted all had some good features, but Dr T's practice had the complete package.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

I Am Thrilled and Should Have Done This Sooner! - Minneapolis, MN

If there was a category beyond excellent Dr Tholen and his staff would have earned that rating. No question or concern was left unanswered and their confidence and professionalism relieved any anxiety I had.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

22 Year Old, No Kids - Minneapolis, MN

HE IS AMAZING. I cannot street that enough. He made me feel so comfertable about everything.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Best Breasts in the Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN

i researched many dr.'s for my breast 'upgrade' and dr tholen was by far the best! he did a fabulous job on reconstructing my breasts! i had capsulasation on both. they were pretty bad. my breasts are now perfect because of dr. tholen!! he's a wonderful man and his staff is beyond fantastic! i have found the 'best" plastic surgeon in the twin cities!!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Best Doctor by Far ... -Minneapolis, MN

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